Guide to What’s On in Swindon December 2018

27/11/2018

Saturday 1st

Meet the Railway Workers
STEAM Museum
Whatever your age, our friendly team of volunteers will add to the STEAM experience as you tour the Museum. They will welcome you aboard three famous locomotives: No. 4073 Caerphilly Castle, No. 3717 City of Truro, and No. 6000 King George V! You'll even get to find out how the controls worked on the great engines! Expect to hear some fascinating anecdotes of what it was like to be a GWR engine driver, fireman or labourer; or an engineer, craftsman or office worker at one of the 'Shops' inside GWR's Swindon Works. This great experience is free with standard admission and to STEAM Season Ticket holders.

Saturday 1st

Salvation Army Coffee Morning
Salvation Army, 37 Devizes Road, 10am-12:30pm
Everyone welcome to join us for coffee and homemade cake. Money raised supports local work.

Saturday 1st

Christmas Fayre
Moravian Church, Dixon Street, 10am-12pm
Christmas Fayre with homemade cakes and produce, Christmas decorations, bric-a-brac, cards, books, games, prizes and children’s craft corner.

Saturday 1st

Highworth Craft Fair
Highworth Community Centre, The Dormers, Highworth, SN6 7PQ, 10am-2pm
Not only do we have some amazing stalls selling fantastic hand made products, but we also have crafts for children provided by Highworth Pre-School, face painting, and so much more! All that shopping might leave you feeling peckish so why not stop off at the ‘pop up’ café and enjoy hot soup, jacket potatoes, sandwiches or just a nice cuppa and a slice of cake. With over 20 stalls you’ll be spoilt for choice! Come and support your local businesses and have a wonderful time. Free entry and free parking.

Saturday 1st

Festive Craft Workshop
The Farmhouse Courtyard, Stanton Country Park, 10:30am-1pm
Learn a new craft in a relaxing, sociable environment with Every Cloud Arts & Crafts. In the last of our craft workshops in 2018, come along to learn how to carve linoleum in order to create a template for printing. Learn how to apply ink and use a table top printing press. Take home a unique Christmas card and template to your own design. Inspiration and ideas can be offered. Full instruction given, no experience needed. Kick start the Festive season with Every Cloud Arts & Crafts! £25 including materials and refreshments. For more information or to book contact anne.billingham2@btinternet.com

Saturday 1st

Family Fun Day Fundraiser
The Windmill, Worsley Road, Freshbrook, 12-11:55pm
Battle of the bands, poker tournament, hog roast, raffle, pool competition, Fifa tournament and kids’ games.

Sat 1st – Sun 2nd

Christmas at STEAM
STEAM Museum, 10am-5pm
Bringing to you the sights and sounds of Christmas. Enjoy plenty of sparkles as you step into a wonderland of over 50 Christmas market stalls set amidst STEAM’s fabulous storytelling displays and famous GWR locomotives. Find that unique gift at one of our specially selected market stalls: from hand crafted silver jewellery, photographic prints, glass artworks and home furnishings to Christmas tree decorations, wooden toys, traditional games, chutneys and luxury confectionary. There will also be live choir music. £3 for adults, £1 for concessions – under 3s go free. You can also book a storytime session with Santa! Places are limited so please book in advance. Storytime tickets are £5, for more info see www.steam-museum.org.uk

Sat 1st – Sun 2nd

Santa Specials
Swindon and Cricklade Railway
Bring the children to meet Santa in his grotto (presents selected to suit ages of children). We have a great reputation for super Santa events. Pre-booking available, for more information see www.swindon-cricklade-railway.org

Sunday 2nd

Santa Fun Run
Lydiard Park, 9:30am-12:30pm
The Swindon Phoenix Rotary Club are holding their annual Swindon Santa Fun Run at Lydiard Park on Sunday, 2nd December. Each year with your support the Rotary Club help two great charities from our local area, this year it's the Wiltshire Air Ambulance and also the Phoenix Rotary Club fund. The course is laid out around the perimeter of Lydiard Park and is about 5k long, on arrival you will receive your Santa suit or hat depending on age and then we get all the Santa's together for a nice Festive Zumba warm-up before you set off on your way. You don't have to run, walking is equally acceptable and for the little ones you can bring their buggy too. You can also bring your dog on a lead. Please visit the Rotary Club website where you can find further detail on registration, secure payment via PayPal & sponsorship forms. http://www.swindonsanta.org.uk

Sunday 2nd

Etsy Made Local
MECA, Regent Circus, 10am-2pm
This is the Etsy Made Local in Swindon Christmas Event. The event will host artisans and crafters carefully selected to ensure you have a wonderful, festive, Christmas shopping experience.

Sunday 2nd

Victorian Christmas Communi-tea
Savernake Hall, Savernake Street, SN1 3LZ, 2-4pm
Dickensian storytelling, rag wreath making and other crafts and music to enjoy. This is a free event. For more info contact eastcottcommunity@yahoo.co.uk 

Sunday 2nd

Bob Bowles & Friends
The Plough Inn, 26 Devizes Road, SN1 4BQ, 3pm
There is no Blue Club without Swindon’s own ‘Mr Blues’. Well known on the scene in both acoustic and electric and set ups, his quality blues licks are perfectly twinned with his soulful voice. Playing vintage classics.

Sunday 2nd

The JTPTrust Christmas Garland Concert
St. Barnabas Church, Ferndale Road, Gorse Hill, SN2 1BU, 7-8:30pm
Join the JTPTrust Youth Academy in a joyful start to the Festive Season. With Special Guest Soprano Matilda Wale, Wroughton Silver Band Ensemble, The Park Academies Choir and Haydonleigh Primary School Choir. Admission £5 to be paid on the door.

Sunday 2nd

Recital Series
Arts Centre, Devizes Road, Old Town, 7:30pm
Polly Leech mezzo soprano Paul Turner piano Swindon born Polly Leech is currently based in Amsterdam following her year as a Young Artist at the National Opera Studio in London. Her programme includes Elgar’s ever popular Sea Pictures, Schumann’s song cycle Op.90 and glorious songs by Duparc. Tickets £16.

Monday 3rd

Macmillan Cancer Support Information Service
Green Macmillan Mobile Unit, by Sainsbury’s Superstore, Bridgemead, 9am-4pm
Macmillan Cancer Support’s mobile service will be visiting Swindon with cancer information specialists on hand to answer questions and offer information. The team encourages anyone with worries or concerns relating to cancer to stop by, whether you’re living with or beyond cancer, or are a carer or loved one of someone who is. Cancer can impact on all aspects of your life and the mobile service team is available to provide information on issues ranging from how to deal with the side effects of treatment, what local support is available for carers, where to turn if you are struggling with your finances, and information on where to get travel insurance.

Monday 3rd

Festive Evening at Lydiard Park
Lydiard House Museum, 6:30pm
Enjoy an evening of festivities with a Guided Tour of Lydiard House, followed by mulled wine, mince pies and canapés. You will also have the opportunity to see conservation in action at St Mary’s Church. Cost: £19.95 per person. Advance booking is essential. We are pleased to confirm that the above cost includes a donation to St Mary’s Church. To book your space, please call 01793 465270. Full payment over the phone is required to secure your booking and a minimum of 24 hours’ notice is required.

Monday 3rd

Barbary’s Lumps and Bumps
Part of The Homeless Support Stand Up Project. Cost £3.

Monday 3rd

Wilts & Berks Canal Trust Talk
The Angel Hotel, 47 High Street, Royal Wootton Bassett, 7:30pm
Charlotte Hitchmough of ARK (Action for the River Kennet) will give a talk about the wildlife and habitat of the river and what ARK does. Entrance £3, for more information contact jenny.stratton@wbct.org.uk

Tuesday 4th

Swindon Artswords Reading Group
Lower Shaw Farm, 7:30pm
December’s book is Landmarks by Robert Macfarlane. Words are grained into our landscapes, and landscapes are grained into our words. This book looks at the power of language to shape our sense of place. It shows how words provide us with a keen way of knowing landscape, and a means of coming to love it. For this last session, please bring suggestions of books for next year. The cost is £2 per session. For more information 01793 771080 Email: matt@lowershawfarm.co.uk

Tuesday 4th

Creative Writing
Savernake Hall, Savernake Street, SN1 3LZ, 6:15-9pm
An informal evening workshop to encourage and inspire you to write and share your writing with others, run by local writer Andy Larter. For more info contact eastcott.writers2015@gmail.com

Wednesday 5th

Make and Cake
Artsite, The Post Modern, Theatre Square, Swindon, 7pm
Explore a wide range of mixed media techniques such as paper making, printing and weaving – with a slice of cake! Cost £10. For more info and to book contact workshop@artsite.ltd.uk

Weds 5th – Fri 21st

Festive Afternoon Tea and Guided Tour
Lydiard House Museum
Join us for Festive Afternoon Tea and a fascinating Guided Tour of Lydiard House this December. You will discover the rich history of the St John family and how Christmas was celebrated on the Lydiard Estate. For just £19.95 per person, you can enjoy: A selection of hand-cut sandwiches, a warm mince pie with clotted cream, a selection of festive cakes, a pot of tea or glass of mulled wine, and entry to Lydiard House and Walled Garden, including a guided tour. Advance booking is essential, and timeslots are available throughout December. For a list of available dates and times, see www.lydiardpark.org.uk To book your space, please call 01793 465270.

Thursday 6th

Royal Wootton Bassett Cinema – The Bookshop
Sixth Form Building, Royal Wootton Bassett Academy, 7pm
Based on the novel by Penelope Fitzgerald. It is 1959, and widowed Florence Green (Emily Mortimer) risks everything to open up a bookshop in the sleepy seaside town of Hardborough. When she exposes the narrow minded townsfolk to the best literature of the day, she gains a kindred spirit and ally in the figure of Mr Brundish (Bill Nighy), who is himself sick of the town’s stale atmosphere but has to reckon with the hostility of the other shopkeepers and of self-appointed doyenne Mrs Gamart (Patricia Clarkson). Drama. Running time 113 mins, certificate PG. Tickets £5 (cash only please). Bottled drinks and sweets available for purchase.

Friday 7th

Festive Evening at Lydiard Park
Lydiard House Museum, 6:30pm
Enjoy an evening of festivities with a Guided Tour of Lydiard House, followed by mulled wine, mince pies and canapés. You will also have the opportunity to see conservation in action at St Mary’s Church. Cost: £19.95 per person. Advance booking is essential. We are pleased to confirm that the above cost includes a donation to St Mary’s Church. To book your space, please call 01793 465270. Full payment over the phone is required to secure your booking and a minimum of 24 hours’ notice is required.

Friday 7th

Purton Historical Society Christmas Social Evening
Silver Threads Hall, Purton
Our annual social is always a fun, relaxed evening with a festive spirit. This year the entertainment will be provided by the popular Swindon group ‘Merrifolk’ who play many instruments and entertain with a variety of music. There will be a buffet supper, raffle, and lucky ticket winner. We ask people to bring their own drinks, which gives greater personal choice. Tickets £12.50, available from Purton Museum.

Friday 7th

Swindon Philosophical Society Talk
The Friend’s Meeting House, Eastcott Hill, 7:40-9:40pm
The talk will be ‘The Case for Religion’ by Daniel Merlo. The usual format is an hour’s talk followed by discussion. Everyone is welcome – just turn up! There is a charge of £2 (students free) to cover expenses.

Friday 7th

Christmas Festival
St. John’s Church, Whitbourne Avenue, 11am-6pm
Join us at St John’s Church and PIPS for a wonderful Christmas event. Santa will be here alongside performances from local schools and groups. There will be stalls selling gifts, tombolas, food, drink and plenty of fun.

Fri 7th – Sun 9th

The Princess and the Frog
Ellendune Community Centre, Barratt Way, Wroughton, SN4 9LW
Wadams are performing ‘The Princess and the Frog’ written by Rob and Tina Burbidge as this year’s Pantomime. It is a lovely family friendly show with loveable characters and of course a baddie to boo. The performances are 7:30pm on December 7th, and 2:30pm on 8th and 9th December. Ring 813847 (box office) or 813307 (Ellendune). Also look at our website for further details www.wadamsdrama.org.uk. If you are in a wheelchair please let us know so that we can reserve a seating space for you. There is plenty of free parking and refreshments will be sold in the interval. Tickets £10 (adults) and £8 (children).

Fri 7th – Sun 9th

Working Weekend
Lower Shaw Farm
This is a chance to get to know the farm, turn your hand to old jobs and new, enjoy good company and good food too! An opportunity to have bright ideas by the compost heap, happy talk in the hen house, and cool chat in the kitchen. Join us to prove that many hands make light work and that today’s stranger is tomorrow’s friend. Our Working Weekends are run in the beautiful spirit of the WWOOF organisation: we feed and accommodate you, you work, with us. They are free of charge. For more information on WWOOF, see www.wwoof.org.uk.

Saturday 8th

Christmas Shopping Event
Central Library, 11am-3pm
We’re very excited to announce for the second year, Central Library will be hosting a Christmas Shopping event! Whether you are looking for books about Swindon past and present, a quirky memento of the Magic Roundabout or a beautiful piece from a local artist or crafter, the Library Shop has lots to choose from at great prices. We love our Library Services and we feel it’s important to support our community however we can – it’s not all about books (although we really, really love those!). We have invited some local businesses to join us for the day to sell their unique hand made gifts and inSwindon BID will be joining us to run a free Christmas Tree Family Workshop from 12-4pm. Full details of the event can be found at www.swindonlibraries.wordpress.com

Saturday 8th

Family Christmas Craft and Carol Event
Great Barn, Stanton Park, 4-8:30pm
Welcome all to the annual Christmas celebration at Stanton Park. The proceedings will start with seasonal crafts in the Great Barn, and children’s story-time in the Forgotten Kingdom. After a short break to set-up in between, we will then lead into the spectacular carol service, held in the Great Barn, led by The Stratton Team Ministry and accompanied by the wonderful brass band. Hot drinks and refreshments will be available. Meet at the Great Barn, Stanton Park Please wear warm clothes for the evening concert, bring a blanket and torch, Christmas jumpers are always welcome. Bring some money for hot drinks and refreshments, and for the craft workshops. Crafts will encompass a range of ages, and cakes will include gluten-free. This is a FREE event, however crafts will be charged for, to cover material costs, and hot drinks/cakes will be priced to help raise money. Donations are welcomed, as all proceedings go to St Leonards Church and brass band. Event leader Ross Sheppard No need to book, for more info call 01793 490150

Saturday 8th

Carols by Candlelight
Lower Shaw Farm, 6-7:30pm
An old-fashioned twenty-first century evening in the farmyard and the old cowshed, with all the right seasonal ingredients to eat, drink, see, hear, and sing! A roaring fire to keep us warm; Jake and his performing circus crew; the Swindon Scratch Choir to lift our singing spirits; fire jugglers to juggle fire; and cartloads of carols for us all to sing, together. Adults £5, children £2. This event raises money for the homeless in Swindon at Christmas and local charities. Price includes seasonal hot drink and mince pie. Suitable for all ages. No need to book. Dress up warm and bring a torch.

Sat 8th – Sun 9th

Santa Specials
Swindon and Cricklade Railway
Bring the children to meet Santa in his grotto (presents selected to suit ages of children). We have a great reputation for super Santa events. Pre-booking available, for more information see www.swindon-cricklade-railway.org

Sunday 9th

The Journey
Christ Church, Cricklade Street, Swindon, 12-6pm
Christ Church invites the public to take part in a huge, immersive theatrical telling of the Nativity story in Old Town. You can witness Mary and Joesph’s incredible journey, from Nazareth to Bethlehem, like you have never seen before – unfolding all around you, live, up-close and personal. Welcome to The Journey. Free admission. Family friendly. Processional, outdoor performance. For more information contact info@oldtownjourney.co.uk

Sunday 9th

Lazy Sunday Afternoon
Savernake Hall, Savernake Street, SN1 3LZ, 3-5pm
With Mr Love and Justice and friends. A popular afternoon of original folk and roots music with tea and cake. Cost £6.

Monday 10th

Festive Evening at Lydiard Park
Lydiard House Museum, 6:30pm
Enjoy an evening of festivities with a Guided Tour of Lydiard House, followed by mulled wine, mince pies and canapés. You will also have the opportunity to see conservation in action at St Mary’s Church. Cost: £19.95 per person. Advance booking is essential. We are pleased to confirm that the above cost includes a donation to St Mary’s Church. To book your space, please call 01793 465270. Full payment over the phone is required to secure your booking and a minimum of 24 hours’ notice is required.

Monday 10th

Royal Wootton Bassett Choral Society Christmas Concert
The Methodist Church, Royal Wootton Bassett, 7:30pm
Includes carols and readings, with soloists Thomas Keen (Tenor) and Thomas Wheeler (Baritone). There will be refreshments and a retiring collection.

Wednesday 12th

Wildlife, Camera, Action…
Coate Water Park, 10am-12pm
What wildlife and birds will we see as we go out into the Nature Reserve, and photo hotspots at Coate Water? Camera in hand we can capture some interesting shots, whatever your photographic interests, and ability. Come along and see what’s about. Meet at Coate Water Ranger Centre. Please wear clothes to suit the weather and stout shoes, bring waterproofs and a hat just in case Don’t forget to bring your camera Event leader Mark Jennings Book in advance on 01793 490150 or swindonrangers@swindon.gov.uk


Wednesday 12th

Swindon Film Society – Sanctuary
Swindon Arts Centre, 7:45pm
The sweet, smart and funny story about the efforts of a young man and woman with intellectual disabilities to be together. Comedy/romance, running time 87 minutes, Cert 15. Non-member tickets £9, for membership options visit www.swindonfilm.org.uk

Thursday 13th

Cheese and Wine Evening
Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, 7:30-8:30pm
Join the Friends of Swindon Museum and Art Gallery for a pre -Christmas celebration evening of cheese and wine. We will also have informal guest speakers during the evening. Please book your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment! Tickets cost £15 and are available online and via SMAG on 01793 466556. We look forward to seeing you!

Friday 14th

Swindon Philosophical Society Talk
The Friend’s Meeting House, Eastcott Hill, 7:40-9:40pm
The talk will be ‘Desert Island Books’ by Jill Sharp. The usual format is an hour’s talk followed by discussion. Everyone is welcome – just turn up! There is a charge of £2 (students free) to cover expenses.

Friday 14th

Community Cinema – Nativity!
Christ Church, Cricklade Street, Old Town, SN1 3HB, 6-8:30pm
An improvised comedy based around a school nativity play. Doors open at 6pm, film starts at 6:30pm. Tickets available on the door, adults £4, children £2. Refreshments also available for purchase.

Friday 14th

The Festival of Christmas
Bath Road Methodist Church, Bath Road, SN1 4BA, 7-10:30pm
The Kentwood Choir and The Swing Birds will be performing a selection of well known songs and Christmas music. (Special guests Morgan Sharpe and Clarry Bean). Raising funds and awareness for STEP and Bath Road Methodist Church. Tickets only £6, available from Holmes Music (01793 526393) and STEP (01793 714042).

Saturday 15th

Salvation Army Coffee Morning
Salvation Army, 37 Devizes Road, 10am-12:30pm
Everyone welcome to join us for coffee and homemade cake. Money raised supports local work.

Saturday 15th

Meet the Railway Workers
STEAM Museum
Whatever your age, our friendly team of volunteers will add to the STEAM experience as you tour the Museum. They will welcome you aboard three famous locomotives: No. 4073 Caerphilly Castle, No. 3717 City of Truro, and No. 6000 King George V! You'll even get to find out how the controls worked on the great engines! Expect to hear some fascinating anecdotes of what it was like to be a GWR engine driver, fireman or labourer; or an engineer, craftsman or office worker at one of the 'Shops' inside GWR's Swindon Works. This great experience is free with standard admission and to STEAM Season Ticket holders.

Saturday 15th

Royal Wootton Bassett Orchestra Christmas Concert
St Bartholomew & All Saints Church, Royal Wootton Bassett, SN4 7BQ, 7:30pm
Popular Christmas music and singalong carols for all the family, with Cantanti and St. Bartholomew’s Primary Academy Choir. Tickets available on the door or reserved by email at contact@rwbo.org.uk Adults £8, students and under-16s free.

Saturday 15th

Swindon Concert Band Christmas Celebration
Royal Wootton Bassett Memorial Hall, 7:30pm
Tickets £8 available on the door, accompanied children under 16 free.

Saturday 15th

Jack and the Beanstalk Pantomime
Christ Church, Cricklade Street, Old Town, 2-3:30pm
Oooh Arr Productions are coming to Christ Church to present the hilarious family pantomime Jack & The Beanstalk. Tickets £5, available on the door or in advance from the Community Centre at Christchurch. For more info contact jen.hatter@ccccswindon.co.uk

Saturday 15th

Christmas Carols with Puppets Service
Haydon Centre, Haydon Wick Parish Council, SN25 1QQ, 5-6:30pm
A Christmas Carol Service with puppets from Freshbrook. This is a free event. Refreshments will be provided.

Sat 15th – Sun 16th

Santa Specials
Swindon and Cricklade Railway
Bring the children to meet Santa in his grotto (presents selected to suit ages of children). We have a great reputation for super Santa events. Pre-booking available, for more information see www.swindon-cricklade-railway.org

Tuesday 18th

The Little Match Girl
Swindon Central Library, 6pm
On the run up to Christmas, what could be better than a night out with family to see a show inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s traditional tale The Little Match Girl. In this touching, madcap and heart-warming family Christmas show, we invite the audience to laugh, to care and maybe to cry a little for the tale of this small fierce girl, and perhaps, illuminate a little the world that we live in. After a sellout tour in 2017, The Last Baguette Theatre Company are coming to Central Library for one night only to share their performance with you! Tickets available from Central Library or call (01793) 466454. £5 each, £15 family ticket (2 adults, 2 children). Tickets are also available online https://bit.ly/2zn4qJ4

Friday 21st

Cricklade Country Market
Jenner Hall, Cricklade 2-4pm
Locally handmade, home cooked and home grown produce straight from us to you! Find delicious pies and cakes, scones and cookies, jams and pickles, plants and beautiful original gifts. Pop along for a delicious afternoon tea, or come in for after school refreshments too! Refreshments served throughout the afternoon.

Sat 22nd – Sun 23rd

Santa Specials
Swindon and Cricklade Railway
Bring the children to meet Santa in his grotto (presents selected to suit ages of children). We have a great reputation for super Santa events. Pre-booking available, for more information see www.swindon-cricklade-railway.org

Saturday 29th

Meet the Railway Workers
STEAM Museum
Whatever your age, our friendly team of volunteers will add to the STEAM experience as you tour the Museum. They will welcome you aboard three famous locomotives: No. 4073 Caerphilly Castle, No. 3717 City of Truro, and No. 6000 King George V! You'll even get to find out how the controls worked on the great engines! Expect to hear some fascinating anecdotes of what it was like to be a GWR engine driver, fireman or labourer; or an engineer, craftsman or office worker at one of the 'Shops' inside GWR's Swindon Works. This great experience is free with standard admission and to STEAM Season Ticket holders.

Wednesday 26th

Boxing Day Break-Out
Coate Water Park, 11am-2pm
Like Steve McQueen revving his bike to jump the barbed wire, you’ll be itching to get away from those turkey sandwiches. Get out in the fresh air for this gentle 4-mile meander through the winter wonderland and chocolate box cottages. We’ll even stop off half way, at a local watering hole to warm our bones, before taking the short cut back to Coate. Meet at Coate Water Ranger Centre. Please wear clothes to suit the weather and stout shoes, Christmas jumpers welcome. Bring some money for refreshments at the half way stop. Event leader Tom Murawicki. Book in advance on 01793 490150 or swindonrangers@swindon.gov.uk

Ongoing Events

Until 1st Dec

Art and Conflict: Works from the Swindon Collection
Swindon Museum and Art Gallery
Art and Conflict brings together paintings and drawings from the Swindon collection which reflect on war and conflict. The exhibition includes Augustus John’s important World War I drawing, Canadian Soldiers, as well as World War II paintings by Claude Francis Barry and Mary Kessell. It also includes more recent responses to conflict, including Joe Tilson’s Vietnam War print, Let a Thousand Parks Bloom, and Barbara Howey’s reflection on atomic warfare. The exhibition accompanies the exhibition Cicatrix: The Scar of a Healed Wound, and forms part of Swindon Museum and Art Gallery’s programme of exhibitions to mark the centenary of the end of World War I.

Until 1st Dec

Cicatrix: The Scar of a Healed Wound
Swindon Museum and Art Gallery
Cicatrix (meaning: the scar of a healed wound) is a centenary project which reflects the story of Wiltshire during World War I. It is a contemporary art exhibition incorporating installation, drawing and films, by Prudence Maltby, Susan Francis and Henny Burnett. They are joined by Commonwealth artists Caro Williams (New Zealand), Catherine Farish (Canada) and Sophie Cape (Australia) for this ground breaking and collaborative exhibition. This international multimedia touring exhibition examines the concept of scarring: the physical marks left behind, scars on the Wiltshire landscape, and other scars, obscured but clearly evident as memories mapped within those who’ve experienced conflict. Cicatrix is a member of the First World War Centenary Partnership, led by Imperial War Museums, and forms a network of regional, national and international cultural and educational organisations. Swindon Museum and Art Gallery is the only venue where this exhibition will be displayed in its entirety.

Until 8th Dec

Temporary Exhibition: Hankerton Village
Cricklade Museum
In partnership with The Hankerton History Group. Every village has a history and we are tracing ours from the Paleolithic to the present. This is an exhibition of photographs, artefacts and memories collected over the past few years that combine to give a surprising picture of a small village.

11th Dec – 5th Jan

Collective – An Open Art Exhibition
Swindon Museum and Art Gallery
An exciting Open Art Exhibition – Collective – is coming to our Old Town venue in December 2018. This is the first time Swindon Museum and Art Gallery is holding an Open Art exhibition. The panel of judges is made up of Swindon Museum and Art Gallery’s Curator, Sophie Cummings; Mark Pepperall, owner of Oink Gallery and Caroline Day, Artist. All art work will be available for purchase.

Until 23rd Dec

A Country House Christmas
Lydiard Park
Step back in time and experience the decorated halls for the festive season. See all the elegant State Rooms adorned with traditional foliage, a beautiful Christmas tree decorated with handmade decorations and a traditional kissing ball. The intimate atmosphere of a family Christmas is recreated with winter themed arrangements in all the rooms. We are extremely grateful to the Royal Wootton Bassett Flower Arranging Club for providing the stunning decorations. Free with standard admission to Lydiard House.

Until 31st Dec

The Art of Publicity: Special Exhibition
STEAM Museum
The Art of Publicity is a special exhibition that showcases a number of striking publicity materials produced by the GWR. Showing beautiful posters and carriage prints from the STEAM collection, The Art of Publicity will take visitors on a journey across the Great Western Network. You are also invited to join STEAM on a virtual journey through time, across the GWR network. Each month we will be sharing a historical image of a location along the GWR route, beginning at Paddington Station in London, travelling west and ending in Penzance in Cornwall. The Art of Publicity is included with standard STEAM admission, special event admission and also to STEAM season ticket holders.

Until 31st Dec

The GWR Publicity Machine: Special Exhibition
STEAM Museum
Come and see our brand new special exhibition and learn some fascinating facts as you explore and enjoy our fabulous collection of GWR publicity materials. Our unique displays tell the story of the great 'GWR Publicity Machine' and how the Company became part of people's everyday lives through clever and forward-thinking advertising. We are delighted to have the modern 'Great Western Railway' on board as sponsor of this exhibition. Our displays show the link between the original GWR publicity items and the 'new' Great Western Railway campaigns. This exhibition complements our ‘The Art of Publicity’ displays. Free with admission and to STEAM season ticket holders.

Until 31st Dec

GWR With Everything: Special Exhibition
Come and explore our new special exhibition ‘GWR with Everything’ and discover how the Great Western Railway branded anything and everything. From pen nibs, to bricks and from bars of soap to door handles, everything was branded with the company initials. The exhibition displays an array of weird and wonderful objects that were printed, stamped and marked with GWR. There is a real treasure trove of material and objects on display, some of which are being displayed for the first time. There are some really quirky items on display, such as toilet paper and manhole covers. Visitors will also get to test their skills with a ‘Guess the Object’ game. With almost a 100 objects on display this exhibition is a visual feast of everything GWR. This exhibition complements our 'The Art of Publicity' and 'The GWR Publicity Machine' displays. Free with admission and to STEAM Season Ticket holders.

Until 5th Jan

The Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry: A History
Swindon Museum and Art Gallery
The Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry was founded in 1794 to help protect the county during the Napoleonic Wars. Today it lives on as part of the Royal Wessex Yeomanry. This exhibition explores the regiment’s rich history, including its role in Italy and north Africa during the Second World War, the Boer Wars, and the Gulf War. The Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry received thirteen battle honours during the First World War, with soldiers fighting in Cambrai, Ypres, Bapaume, Messines and the Somme. There will be a special focus on the experience of the regiment and its soldiers during World War I. The exhibition features paintings, uniforms, photographs and objects held by the Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry’s own museum collection.This exhibition forms part of Swindon Museum and Art Gallery’s commemoration of the centenary of the First World War. Other exhibitions in this programme include Cicatrix and Art and Conflict.

Until 2nd Mar

Japan: Exploring Eastern Influences in the Swindon Ceramic Collection
Swindon Museum and Art Gallery
From soft celadon glazes to smoking raku firing, this exhibition will explore the impact of Japan on Swindon’s collection of ceramic art. The exhibition begins with the Leach Family, and the role they played in bringing Japanese ceramic traditions and aesthetics to Britain, and also includes vessels by Ashley Howard, Mick Morgan and Jo Taylor. The exhibition will also showcase a number of contemporary Japanese and British-Japanese artists, including Yoshikawa Masamichi, Akiko Hirai and Takashi Yasuda.

Every Tuesday

Afternoon Tea
Christ Church Community Centre, 2-4pm
Come along every Tuesday afternoon between 2-4pm for a piece of cake and a drink. We try to put on a different activity each week. A great chance to meet new people and have a fun time. Donations are welcome.

Every Wednesday

Park Writes
Park Library, Cavendish Square, 1:30-3:30pm
Join us in having fun with words and sharing stories. What you write is right. Suitable for all abilities. All welcome, all equal. No need to book, just come along!

Every Wednesday

Swindon Go Club
Windmill Pub, Freshbrook Village Centre, 7.30pm – Close
Go is one of the oldest board games in the world. It’s true origins are unknown, but it almost certainly originated in China over 2500 years ago. The rules are very simple, yet the strategy is complex and the patterns that emerge are intricate and beautiful. Visitors to the club are always welcome, especially newcomers to the game. Contact Paul on 01793 692408 or David on 01793 521625 or at secretary@swindongoclub.org.uk See also www.britgo.org

Every Wednesday

Royal Wootton Bassett Market
High Street around the Town Hall, 8:30am-4pm
The regular weekly market features a wonderful array of stalls, complementing the wide range of independent retailers, which keep our town bustling and vibrant. You might meet our Town Crier and Swordbearer, Owen Collier, who cries for the market every Wednesday morning. With a number of wonderful uniforms, we are very proud of our town crier. Free parking for up to 2 hours on the High Street.

Every Thursday

Darkroom Espresso Cycling Club
Darkroom Espresso (round the back), 5:30pm for 6pm start
Over the lighter months we’re running our Thursday club rides every week. These rides are open to everyone, and vary in length between around 15 and 30 miles, taken at our usual pace of 13-14mph. Details of where we’re headed each week can be found on our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/darkroomcycleclub/ There’s usually the opportunity to head to the pub afterwards too.

Every Friday

Swindon Country Market
St Aldhelm’s Hall, off Regent Street, 9am-12pm
Come along for an array of home baking, preserves, home grown fruit & veg, flowers, plants & crafts on offer for you to browse.

Every Saturday

Highworth Market
Highworth Market Square, 8am-2:30pm
Traders sell freshly baked bread and cakes, seasonal vegetables, free-range meat, plants for the garden, fish, pastries and homewares.

Every Sunday

Farmers Market
Swindon’s Designer Outlet, 10am-4pm
You will find around 20 stalls each week offering freshly baked bread and cake, seasonal produce, free range meats, local cheese, jams and a range of hot foods including hot dogs, bacon rolls, burgers and falafels. Lots of tasters will be available - so try before you buy!

Every Sunday

Swindon Go Club
Beehive Pub, Prospect Hill
Visitors and beginners welcome. Contact Paul on 01793 692408 or David on 01793 521625 or at secretary@swindongoclub.org.uk See also www.britgo.org

If you would like to publicise your event through these pages please contact Swindon Libraries and Information Centre at : infocentre@swindon.gov.uk, tel. 01793 466454, or call in to the Visitor Information Centre at Central Library, Regent Circus. Find us on facebook www.facebook.com/swindonVIC or twitter @visit_swindon

Current events tickets available at the Information Centre include:

The Little Match Girl
Nicola Cornick Author Talk
Swindon Choral Society
Wessex Male Voice Choir
Swindon Film Society
The Skids
Blurd vs Oas-is
MECA events including

  • Roller Disco

  • 4FW Wrestling

Events at the Vic
Tickets for Level 3

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